Prior to that it was 1961, 1923 & 1904.
This makes it the 5th time since 1900.
As this graph from last year shows that, i.e., 5-times, is par for the course., Nothing to get excited about.
Next time will be 2037 — 19-years from now (and interestingly, half the interval from the prior occurrence).
It was also a 19-year gap between 1980 and 1961 … and between 1923 and 1904.
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Yes, Chanukah/Hanukkah falls on certain days — within the 30-day range it can fall on — more often than not, though over, the last 118 years, the distribution has been fairly even, as one would hope (and expect).
December 7, for whatever reason, has been more favored than any other.
December 12, as in 2017, has had 5, which is a fairly common.
The first day of the range, November 27, as can often be the case, has only had 2 ‘showings’.